Previously I talked about a couple of clubs hosting an exhibit at the Wisconsin Outdoor Expo. There is a fee involved. Still working this issue for this year.
One of my associates caught this question on the ballot for the spring hearings of the Conservation Congress in April. Looks like they want some public money to keep this thing going. Some industry grants have been getting pretty lean.
QUESTION 52. Support for the Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo (Requires legislation)
The Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo has been held in Dodge County each year since 2006 with more than 32,000 4th- and 5th-grade students from dozens of Wisconsin elementary schools attending each year. Students engage in many "see-touch-do" activities including archery, sporting dog demonstrations, firearm safety, fishing, trail recreation, heritage enrichment and wildlife conservation. The Outdoor Expo has received numerous accolades from students, teachers and parents and has enjoyed excellent attendance over the years. With the success of this endeavor firmly established, it appears the time is right to expand the effort statewide with funds donated by sportsmen and women for the future stability of our outdoor heritage.
Statutory precedent for voluntary funding from hunters, anglers, archers, ATV enthusiasts, boating, snowmobile and other outdoor users while applying for licenses has already been established. These include donations for combating invasive species, venison donation and for the general fish and wildlife account.
|Wisconsin sportsmen and women have been most generous in support of youth programs in the past. With this initiative, the Outdoor Expo can be expanded to other areas of the state with financial support coming from the people who care most about our outdoor heritage. |
52. Would you support legislation establishing a voluntary donation to support expansion of the Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo statewide?